Burnished Branch Comely Comrades Dutchmans Breeches Golden Reflections Magnolias Sir Wilfrid Laurier Climbing Roses Slippers of the Bruce Sunny Sill Touch-me-nots Woodland Wildflowers Triptych Yellow Lady's Slipper
Beside the Still Waters Come With Me Glade Creek Grist Mill - Winter Glade Creek Grist Mill - Autumn Meadowside Mirror Moon Gate Morning Moment No Room October Old Sheave Tower Oxford's Welcome Rambling River Song Sheep on the Hillside Springtime on the Sogne Fjord The Old Sentinel Waiting - Milk Can Woodside - Mackenzie King
Gros Morne Indian Harbour Island Solitude Magnets of Newfoundland Port Sydney Point Spirit Island Splashing Thru The Crags Ten Little Puffins Testimony
Oil ~ Image 608
Magnets of Newfoundland
Limited Edition: 75
From March until July, icebergs draw tourists to the coasts of Newfoundland. They originate from glaciers off west Greenland where some 30-40,000 are calved annually. Carried north around Baffin Bay, they do not appear in Newfoundland’s waters until their second year at sea, blown with the windat an average speed of 0.7 kph.
Made up of pure, fresh water, ice bergs around Newfoundland will journey approximately 800 more miles before they melt completely.
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The humpback whales dove close beside our boat and around the ice bergs for the whole three hours of our outing. The captain told us they were feeding on krill, small shrimp-like crustaceans, and various kinds of small schooling fish. As each whale eats up to 1 and 1/2 tons of food a day, they were certainly busy, and I was busy photographing them!
Humpback whales, over 50 feet in length, arrive in Newfoundland’s waters in April, returning from wintering in the Caribbean. It will be October before they head back south. The common name is derived from the curving of their back when they dive. Because humpbacks are often easily approachable, curious, easily identifiable as individuals, and display many behaviours, they have become the mainstay of whale-watching tourism in many locations around the world, which is referred to as “eco tourism.”
The crew used the positions of hands on a clock to alert us where to look when they spotted a whale. “Twelve o’clock” meant a whale was near the front of the boat. “Six o’clock” meant it was behind the boat, and so on.
I never thought till I was back home about the possibility that the huge creatures could have capsized us! They were so close that some passengers got their cameras wet when the whales spouted. Their long, pectoral fins almost touched our boat! It was truly a special excursion. Even the captain was as excited as a kid, snapping pictures with the rest of us, while his son took over the controls!
May the painting bring you a sense of both the serene voyage of the frosty ice berg, in contrast to the mighty action of the humpback whale – Magnets of Newfoundland.
Other paintings in this Newfoundland series:
1. Gros Morne
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